Women in Science

In December 2016, two of Taronga’s scientists, Belinda Fairbrother and Leanne Everingham, joined 76 other women on a voyage to Antarctica as part of an inaugural global science and leadership program for women in science.

With women still severely under-represented at high levels, the program aims to address barriers to gender equity.

Through leadership coaching and enhancing strategic capabilities, the program is supporting the women into leadership roles globally to ensure the world benefits from some of the best and brightest minds available.

Filmmakers are following the women on their journey. Learn more about the program and the documentary here: ‘Beautiful Minds: The Agents of Change’.

Taronga Science has a 3-tiered donor program that offers some fantastic and unique opportunities such as science field trips, annual passes to Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoo, behind the scenes tours as well as invitations to briefing evenings and more.

For more information, or to learn about specific science projects for which we are still seeking funding, contact Francesca Hynes on 9978 4668/0419 266 595 or at fhynes@zoo.nsw.gov.au.

Or support our work by making a donation by clicking the link here, at any level you choose.

Source: Taronga Zoo

Celebs, Style Stars and Ubiquitous Fashion Bloggers Turn Out for ‘Resort’ Fashion Week Show With Dion Lee the Opening Act

A SOGGY Sydney Sunday didn’t deter the fashion pack from popping on their heels, pulling out their iPhones and swathing themselves in (often borrowed) front-row clothes for the first day of Mercedes Australian Fashion Week.

And what better location to kick off the next week of frock watching than with the dynamic backdrop of the Sydney Opera House as the canvas?

Dion Lee showed his resort 2018 collection, underneath the sails of the Sydney Opera House, paying tribute to a personal involvement the designer shares with the iconic landmark.

In 2010, Dion Lee was the first designer to stage a runway presentation at the famous venue, returning to the site to show again in 2011 and 2014.

This year marks a deepening of Dion’s association with the Sydney Opera House, with the announcement that Lee will design the House’s new uniforms.

Dion, at just 32 years of age, will design a range of uniforms for more than 600 employees, including front-of-house, box office and tour guide staff.

Sydney Opera House CEO Louise Herron AM said: “Renewal is transforming the Opera House for future generations of artists, audiences, visitors and, most immediately, for the hundreds of staff who make the magic happen on-and-off stage, 363 days a year.

“Dion is one of Australia’s brightest fashion stars whose work draws so beautifully on the sculptural elegance of Utzon’s masterpiece. It will be wonderful to work with him to create a new uniform collection for the people who bring the place to life.”

Within the collection Lee unveiled today, the designer took references from his Australian heritage, layered with the building’s sculptural architecture.

Amazing shades of red, cobalt blue, gold and black stood out against the opera house sail ‘tiles’ with draped, folded, embellished, knotted and tailored pieces along with ear cuffs and natural looking ‘messy’ hair vibe on the models.

Alongside womenswear, Mr Lee also showed his first menswear collection with 10 menswear looks that included constructed tailoring, utility shirting, knitwear and ‘laminated’ outerwear.

The collection also marked the first time all Dion Lee categories appeared together including swimwear and sunglasses alongside collaborations with Akubra for millinery, Sarah & Sebastian for jewellery and RM Williams for boots.

Lee kicked off the most high-profile week on Australia’s fashion calendar with other designers showcasing their resort collections this week, including Bec & Bridge, Alice McCall, Sass & Bide, Steven Khalil, Romance Was Born, Bianca Spender, Kitx, We Are Kindred, Akira, Ten Pieces, Macgraw, Michael Lo Sordo, Christopher Esber and Kym Ellery.

The recent shift in making resort clothes a focus of the week has brought interest from international buyers, including Net-A-Porter, Selfridges and Browns in London.

A handful of international designers will be showing too: Katama by Garrett Neff from the US, V Major out of China and Zambesi from New Zealand.

While Dion used the Opera House as his dramatic backdrop most of the shows will be held at Carriageworks in Redfern, Sydney with the iconic Icebergs at Bondi and the Andrew Boy Charlton Pool in the Domain also gearing up as fashion week venues.

As usual, a sea of fashion bloggers posed around the place, but the really important and influential people are the buyers and bigger picture media companies who have the power to give a designer a serious adrenalin shot in the retail arm.

After today’s first show, the opening night part hosted by Mercedes in the Botanic Gardens, kicked off the apres-show part of fashion week – which for many, is the only reason they attend.

* Mercedes Australian Fashion Week will go from May 14-19 with open-to-the-public shows happening next weekend.

First seen on news.com.au

Source: news.com.au

Taronga Institute Breaks Ground

Construction is underway for the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning. Our lead supporters joined Taronga Director and CEO, Cameron Kerr and Chairman of the Taronga Foundation, Maurice Newman, to break ground on-site at Taronga Zoo.

We extend a heartfelt thank you to those who have contributed to this exciting project and look forward to sharing progress of this world-class facility, due to be completed in mid 2018.

Taronga Science has a 3-tiered donor program that offers some fantastic and unique opportunities such as science field trips, annual passes to Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoo, behind the scenes tours as well as invitations to briefing evenings and more.

For more information, or to learn more about the Taronga Institute, or to make a financial contribution, specific science projects for which we are still seeking funding, contact Francesca Hynes on 9978 4668/0419 266 595 or at fhynes@zoo.nsw.gov.au.

Or support our work by making a donation by clicking the link here, at any level you choose.

Source: Taronga Zoo

Geoffrey Rush and Jai Courtney Cast in the Highly Anticipated 'Storm Boy'

A contemporary re-telling of the 1976 iconic family film, Storm Boy will begin principal photography this July across South Australia.

Geoffrey Rush will star as Mike “Storm Boy” Kingley, who recounts his childhood adventures to troubled teen granddaughter Madeline in an effort to prevent her from making the same mistakes he made years before.

He tells her the story of his boyhood – a heart-warming tale about unusual friendship and unconditional love.

Winner of numerous international accolades, Rush’s awards include the rare Triple Crown of an Oscar®, an Emmy and a Tony, three British Film Academy Awards, three Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, four Screen Actor Guild Awards and more recently the 2017 Berlinale Camera Award.

Rush is currently starring in National Geographic’s scripted 10 part TV drama series GENIUS as Albert Einstein and in the upcoming Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Jai Courtney stars as “Hideaway Tom”, a protective father who after the untimely death of his wife and daughter, removes himself and his son from society to live on a remote isolated coastline.

One of Australia’s most successful acting exports, Courtney has appeared in numerous Hollywood blockbusters including, A Good Day to Die Hard with Bruce Willis, Jack Reacher with Tom Cruise, Suicide Squad, Unbroken, Insurgent and Terminator: Genisys.

He also stars in the soon to be released feature, The Exception, alongside Christopher Plummer and Lily James.

Prior to commencing filming on Storm Boy, Courtney will be seen on stage starring as Macbeth in the Melbourne Theatre Company’s production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Award winning director Shawn Seet (Two Fists One Heart; Deep Water; The Code) will helm Storm Boy, using cutting edge CGI technology, 3D animation and live footage.

This new production of Colin Thiele’s Storm Boy is set to capture (and re-capture) the imagination of audiences, young and old.

Produced by Ambience Entertainment’s Michael Boughen (Tomorrow, When the War Began, The Loved Ones, Killer Elite) and Matthew Street (Tomorrow, When the War Began, The Bank Job, W, The Messenger), the adaption is penned by Justin Monjo (The Secret Daughter, Spear).

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill welcomed the casting of Rush and Courtney and looks forward to welcoming them to the State’s Coorong region for filming.

“It’s great to have two global superstars in Geoffrey Rush and Jai Courtney onboard to help tell this iconic South Australian story,” Mr Weatherill said.

“The State Government is thrilled to support this film and the 100-plus jobs it is expected to create during production.”

Financed by Screen Australia, the South Australian Film Corporation, Piccadilly Pictures (UK) and Aurora Global Media Capital (Singapore), and Salt Media & Entertainment (Singapore), Storm Boy will be released in Australia and New Zealand in 2018 by Studiocanal and is being sold internationally by Kathy Morgan from KMI.

“This film, retelling Colin Thiele’s classic tale, will open the story to a whole new generation of young people, not only across South Australia, but around the world.”

said South Australian Minister for the Arts Jack Snelling “I am really excited that internationally renowned actors Geoffrey Rush and Jai Courtney are joining the cast- it is a testament to the story and to filmmaking in our state.”

Source: Storm Boy

Beverly Hills: City of Wellth - Featuring Supermodel and Actress, Christie Brinkley

Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau announces today the launch of Beverly Hills: City of WELLTH, bringing together leading experts for a season of wellness and mindfulness activities.

Playing on the words “wealth” and health and wellness, Beverly Hills has chosen “WELLTH” as the theme for the campaign.

First identified in a book of the same name written by mindbodygreen founder Jason Wachob, WELLTH defines a move away from a drive for money and possessions to a less materialistic and more valuable life currency that encompasses wellness and is exemplified by health, purpose and happiness.

Iconic Supermodel Christie Brinkley, a vegetarian since the age 14 and committed to an organic lifestyle, expresses her appreciation of the initiative stating “I’m thrilled to be involved with the launch of the City of WELLTH.

A healthy, holistic lifestyle has been intrinsic to my long career in the fashion and beauty industry.

A balanced approach to diet, exercise and mindfulness is the key to happiness and life long vitality.

Wellness is glamorous!”

“The shifting status quo of how success is now perceived in terms of health and wellbeing, rather than through material and financial wealth, means the desire for WELLTH is now a key factor in people’s choice of travel destination.

Beverly Hills: City of WELLTH exemplifies the destination’s continual innovation to create inviting options for visitors, and places wellbeing at the forefront of its world-class accommodation, dining, and spa and offerings,” comments Julie Wagner, CEO of Beverly Hills Conference and Visitors Bureau.

The city will be showcasing a range of activities inspired by the pillars of WELLTH: Move, Eat, Restore, Gratitude and Explore.

Source: Beverly Hills Visitors Bureau